2018 Combine Workout Warriors: Cornerbacks

Posted Mar 5, 2018

After going through media interviews on Sunday, the cornerbacks took to the field Monday to cap off the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Standout cornerbacks from across the country participated in timing and testing drills at Lucas Oil Stadium, striving to best showcase their speed and agility to NFL coaches and scouting personnel.

This year’s cornerbacks made a splash, with two setting new combine records for their position.

Jordan Thomas (Oklahoma) completed the 3-cone drill in 6.28 seconds, breaking the previous record of 6.44 seconds set in 2011 by Buster Skrine. Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh) ran the 60-yard shuttle in 10.72 seconds, breaking the previous record – set by Jamell Fleming in 2012 – by just three-hundredths of a second.

Denzel Ward, ranked as the top corner by NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks, finished first in the broad jump (11 feet, 4 inches), tied with Donte Jackson and Parry Nickerson for first in the 40-yard dash (4.32 seconds) and tied with Quenton Meeks for second place in the vertical jump (39 inches).

Here were the top performers for cornerbacks at the combine:

40-yard dash

Combine position record: Jalen Myrick, Minnesota, 4.28 seconds in 2017

T1. Donte Jackson, LSU, 4.32 seconds

T1. Parry Nickerson, Tulane, 4.32

T1. Denzel Ward, Ohio State, 4.32

4. Tony Brown, Alabama, 4.35

5. Anthony Averett, Alabama, 4.36

Bench press (225 pounds)

Combine position record: Christopher Houston, Arkansas, 27 reps in 2007

1. Davontae Harris, Illinois State, 22 reps  

2. Mike Hughes, Central Florida, 20

T3. Josh Jackson, Iowa, 18

T3. M.J. Stewart, North Carolina, 18

T5. Taron Johnson, Weber State, 17

T5. Michael Joseph, Dubuque, 17

T5. Nick Nelson, Wisconsin, 17

Broad jump

Combine position record: Byron Jones, Connecticut, 12 feet, 3 inches in 2015

1. Denzel Ward, Ohio State, 11 feet, 4 inches

2. Chandon Sullivan, Georgia State, 11-2

3. Quenton Meeks, Stanford, 10-8

T4. Jaire Alexander, Louisville, 10-7

T4. Mike Hughes, Central Florida, 10-7

6. Tony Brown, Alabama, 10-6

Vertical jump

Combine position record: Donald Washington, Ohio State, 45 inches in 2009

1. Chandon Sullivan, Georgia State, 40.5 inches

T2. Quenton Meeks, Stanford, 39.0

T2. Denzel Ward, Ohio State, 39.0

4. Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State, 38.5

T5. Andre Chachere, San Jose State, 38.0

T5. Josh Jackson, Iowa, 38.0

T5. Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma, 38.0

3-cone drill

Combine position record: Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma, 6.28 seconds in 2018

1. Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma, 6.28 seconds

T2. Grant Haley, Penn State, 6.51

T2. Avonte Maddox, Pittsburgh, 6.51

4. Mike Hughes, Central Florida, 6.70

5. Jaire Alexander, Louisville, 6.71

20-yard shuttle

Combine position record: Jason Allen, Tennessee, 3.81 seconds in 2006

T1. Grant Haley, Penn State, 3.94 seconds

T1. Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma, 3.94

3. Jaire Alexander, Louisville, 3.98

4. Avonte Maddox, Pittsburgh, 4.00

5. Josh Jackson, Iowa, 4.03

60-yard shuttle

Combine position record: Avonte Maddox, Pittsburgh, 10.72 seconds in 2018

1. Avonte Maddox, Pittsburgh, 10.72 seconds

2. Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma, 10.85

3. Tony Brown, Alabama, 11.14

4. M.J. Stewart, North Carolina, 11.19

5. Henre’ Toliver, Arkansas, 11.39